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Thorny plant with tomato-like fruit found in garden

Posted by jscho WI (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 28, 09 at 21:13

Hi everyone,

Today I was looking through my family's garden and came across a large plant that I have never noticed before. It has thorny stems, rounded leaves, and small tomato-like fruit on the ends on them. These "tomatoes" are have a fairly thick skin and are filled with sort of "hairy" seeds on the inside. I found out that one of my dogs had eaten one that had fallen on the ground. She has only eaten one to my knowledge and she hasn't displayed any sick behavior as of yet :\. Obviously I will keep a close eye on her and in the mean time hope to be able to identify what kind of plant this is.

Here are some pictures I have taken of it today:

Any help is appreciated!

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RE: Thorny plant with tomato-like fruit found in garden

Ahh, I'm sorry, I don't know how to make my pictures into a link. Please copy and paste if you can.

RE: Thorny plant with tomato-like fruit found in garden

Picture #1:
Rosa ragosa – Wild Rose

#2: Same:

Rosa ragusa – Wild Rose

Rosa ragusa – Wild Rose

#4: Is this the trunk of the same plant?

Trunk of Rosa ragusa?


Oh, those "tomatoes" are Rosehips. :-)
Great for tea and what ails ya. :-D

RE: Thorny plant with tomato-like fruit found in garden

Though I do agree that they are Rugosa roses, I don't think of them as wild. There may be some that are wild, but non are native to the US and there are some great hybrids.


Here is a link that might be useful: Hybrid Rugosa roses

RE: Thorny plant with tomato-like fruit found in garden

By your description of a thorny plant with tomato-like fruit, I was all ready to say it was horse nettle, till I saw the photos and the mention of rose hips. I never thought of it, but they kind of do resemble tomatoes.

RE: Thorny plant with tomato-like fruit found in garden

pitimpinai: yes, the fourth picture is the trunk of the same plant.

Thank you very much! My parents have planted many a rose in that garden so I'm not surprised it's some type of rose plant. That's very cool that those are rose hips; awesome to have on hand if needed. I really appreciate the help!

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